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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 5, 2018

Security Guard At The 9/11 Memorial Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Firearms Trafficking

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York  announced that MAQUAN MOORE, a 9/11 Memorial security guard, pled guilty to firearms trafficking in connection with his trafficking of more than 25 firearms from locations outside of New York into Manhattan.  MOORE pled guilty today to an Information in Manhattan federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Maquan Moore was in the business of peddling illegal firearms in busy downtown New York.  When individuals attempt to bypass the critically important system of licensing for lawful ownership, the result is a less safe society for all of us. One shudders to think the harm these weapons could have caused in the wrong hands.”

According to the Complaint, Information, and other statements made in open court:

Beginning in December 2017, a joint task force of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (“ATF”) and the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) made multiple undercover purchases of firearms from MOORE, who at the time was working as a security guard at the 9/11 Memorial.  These firearms included several assault-style weapons, such as a MAC-10 machine pistol, and various other handguns and rifles.  On the evening of February 1, 2018, an undercover officer purchased from MOORE additional firearms, many of which had been brought by MOORE’s co-conspirator, Morris Wilson, from Florida to New York.  In connection with MOORE and Wilson’s arrest, the ATF/NYPD Task Force seized 21 additional firearms.

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MOORE, 29, of Manhattan, pled guilty to one count of firearms trafficking, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

Wilson is charged in a Criminal Complaint with conspiracy to traffic in firearms, firearms trafficking, and interstate transportation and receipt of firearms. The allegations contained in the Criminal Complaint as to Wilson are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Mr. Berman praised the efforts of the ATF and NYPD in this case.

This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Jacob Warren and Dominic Gentile are in charge of the prosecution.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 
18-065
Updated March 5, 2018